The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, has suggested that the World Bank (WB) finance Ho Chi Minh City’s anti-inundation projects that will cost VND51 trillion (US$2.45 billion). On March 17, Minister Phat and HCMC leaders took WB representatives on a fact-finding trip to locations where anti-flooding works will be built in the city. These projects include a 146km-long embankment system surrounding the city, starting in Chu Chi District and running to the Kinh Lo River in neighboring Long An Province, said the HCMC Anti-Flooding Program Operating Board. In addition, ten tide-controlling sewer systems will be built at major river mouths in the city, the board said. The city has built 30 km of such sewers in the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal at a total cost of VND2.5 trillion ($120.2 million) in order to prevent high-tide flooding in seven districts, the board added. Irrigation planning is the optimal solution to flooding in HCMC, the Minister told his guests during the trip. He also proposed that the WB grant HCMC loans to develop its anti-flooding projects. Victoria Kwakwa, WB Country Director in Vietnam, highly appreciated the anti-flooding solutions launched by the city authorities. She said WB would assign experts to work with the city’s concerned agencies about issues related to the granting of loans to the city.